Running through from 1995 to 2004, the Drew Carey Show was one of the late 1990’s and early 2000’s undisputed favorite television shows.
Set over nine series, the show followed the humor-laden daily tribulations of Cary himself, who starred throughout the series as a fictionalized version of himself in his role as a director of personnel at a similarly fictional Cleveland department store.
Famous from the start as being a small time professional with few extracurricular interests other than beer and dating, Cary quickly became one of the most popular TV comedy characters of the late 1990’s.
From the start of The Drew Carey show in September 1995, through to the series finale in 2004, Carey led the show as a self-styled everyman. At the same time, Drew's enthusiasm for his alter ego was unbound, with Carey himself often stating that Drew Carey in the show was every bit of the person he would have been had he not entered showbusiness.
However, the success of The Drew Carey Show was dictated just as much by the show's supporting cast as it was Drew Carey himself. Acclaimed just as much from a comedic standpoint as Carey himself, was Drew’s department store co-worker Mimi Bobeck. Mutually despising each other throughout the series, Mimi played by Kathy Kinney was renowned throughout for her preference for heavy makeup and the ongoing side story surrounding her marriage to Drew’s cross-dressing (but otherwise heterosexual) brother Steve.
In the meantime, the most popular and character defining moments in The Drew Carey Show, always centered around the ‘gang’ of regular friends and coworkers who would follow Carey through his many trials and tribulations. Moreover, such tribulations could include everything from a crisis at Carey’s own garage ‘Buzz Beer’ microbrewery, to his just as entertaining romantic crises.
Set for the first seven series in an around the Winfred-Lauder department store, The Drew Carey Show has audiences laughing from the start at a mixture of Carey’s ever tumultuous romantic conquests, coupled with on screen micro-dramas with his professional nemesis Mimi. However, as the shows reach broadened, the show's primary setting changed from Winfred-Lauder to the just as eclectic offices of The Neverending Store.
Defined for the most part by Drew’s love life, Carey himself was perhaps the most often married comedic character in history. Moreover, notable marriages in the show include Drew’s marriage to a Las Vegas cocktail waitress, Diane and British costarring character Mr. Wick. Thankfully, Drew does find lasting love in the show, however, this only comes after him already being labeled as Ohio’s first 'Impotent Bisexual Bigamist.'
Unlike other sitcoms, The Drew Carey Show solidified itself in the minds of viewers as an all-time favorite comedy, through several cameos of its leading stars in much later comedy series. Such cameos included the appearance of Mimi in 2009 at the start of The Today Show, as well as a later appearance by Carey and Mr. Wick in bed together on the last broadcast of The Today Show with Craig Ferguson.
Now available to own in its entirety on DVD, The Drew Carey Show can again be yours to enjoy over its full 9 seasons. This being the case, you can once again follow Drew and is entourage as they take the Chicago department store and microbrewery scene by storm, one laugh after the next